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Turtles remind us to slow down in this face paced world. This one was created by Alex Tsethlikai from bowelerite, which is recycled bowling balls. We think that's a pretty cool use of old bowling balls! The turtle has inlaid jet eyes and thirteen turquoise dots on its back, which represent the thirteen moons in a year. The face, shell, belly, and feet are beautifully detailed.
Size: .375" H x 2.125 L x .975" W
Turtles have their own homes on their backs which means that wherever they are, they are home. They are associated with safety. When attacked they retreat into their shells, although some turtles have strong enough mouths to snap a finger. For most Native American nations in North America, turtles represent Mother Earth. Every turtle shell has 13 sections on top which some Native Americans say represent the 13 moons of each year.
Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal. Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.